Lab Operations Technician

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Lab Operations Technician POSTED 10/12/21

AMP Robotics is a pioneer and industry leader in artificial intelligence and robotics for the recycling industry. Every day, we’re working to reimagine and actively modernize the world’s recycling infrastructure. Headquartered and manufacturing operations in Louisville, Colorado, we build and deploy cutting-edge technology solutions that solve many of the central challenges of recycling to make it more efficient, cost-effective, scalable, and sustainable. 

We’re fostering an environment where talented, driven individuals can grow and create impact. We are looking for unconventional thinkers to join our mission; at AMP, your contributions have meaning and can spur change. With backing from top-tier investors including Sequoia Capital and recognition including Fortune’s Impact 20, Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and Forbes’ most promising artificial intelligence companies in America, we’re always seeking ways to better our operations, raising the bar on innovation, and looking to collaborate and improve each day in what we do. Learn more at AMPRobotics.com.

AMP Robotics is hiring a Lab Operations Technician to focus on building, operating, maintaining, improving and reporting on AMP’s testing infrastructure, in addition to supporting new product prototyping and existing product improvementsYou will be a direct contributor in evolving AMP’s recycling technology proving ground that forms the backbone of our innovation.  You will partner with the entirety of the engineering organization in pursuit of pushing the state of the art. You will be expected to be able to work autonomously with high level guidance, validate your own work, meet schedules, provide feedback, and suggest improvements.

As our Lab Operations Technician, you will work to:

  • Build -  Leading and assisting in the building of AMP products and testing equipment
    • Full system prototype builds
    • Test rigs
    • Testing infrastructure
  • Maintain - Keeping the lab equipment in optimal operating condition.
    • Operating and calibrating
    • Cleaning and organizing
    • Debugging problems that come up, and finding solutions
  • Test - Full system and subsystem testing of AMP products
    • Functionality
    • Longevity
  • Report - Communicating testing results to the engineering team
    • Improvement suggestions
    • Participating in design reviews

Supervisory Responsibilities: 

  • None

The successful candidate will have:

Required:

  • Electrical Skills
    • Ability to read wiring diagrams and schematics
    • Working proficiency with multimeter, current probes
  • Mechanical Skills
    • Strong working knowledge of assembly drawings, pneumatic schematics, etc.
    • Confidence in working with:  semi-automated machining tools, hand tools, mechanical systems including pneumatics, valves, sensors, etc.
  • Communication and Time Management Skills
    • Reporting results
    • Collaborating with multiple teams
    • Management of competing priorities
  • Strongly mission driven, no task to small no job too big, keep the team moving
  • Positivity in the face of adversity
  • Customer oriented
  • Demonstrated ability to operate autonomously as part of a team
  • Maintaining a high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail while working in a dynamic environment.
  • Extremely resourceful - known as a person who “finds a way to get it done.”

Note - If you DO NOT precisely fit the below qualifications but you DO believe you would excel in this role, we encourage you to apply!  AMP is looking for mission-driven, creative problem-solvers.  We recognize ideas and background diversity can be strong business assets.

Preferred: 

  • Software Skills
    • Understanding of Linux Systems (networking, debugging, display, peripherals)
    • Proficiency in troubleshooting HW/SW boundary (failing hardware, disconnected hardware)
  • ElectroMechanical Skills
    • Data Acquisition Devices
    • Oscilloscopes
  • Mechanical Skills
    • Working proficiency with 3D Modeling, Solidworks or other

Education:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required, Associate Degree preferred.

Experience: 

  • 2+ years of relevant professional experience

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands and fingers, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk and hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 45 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus, and ability to accurately see and label color. (remove if not a requirement)
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

Working Location(s): 

  • 1500 Cherry St, Louisville, CO 80027
  • 2770 Industrial Lane, Broomfield, CO 80020
  • 2780 Industrial Lane, Broomfield, CO 80020
  • 11175 E 55th Ave, Denver, CO

Travel Requirements: 

  • <5%

Affirmative Action/EEO Statement: 

AMP Robotics is an equal opportunity employer. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at the Company will be based on job openings, merit, qualifications, and abilities as required by the position. The Company does not discriminate, and does not permit its employees to discriminate against other employees, applicants, customers, or independent contractors because of:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation (including gender identity or expression, including a person's orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, or transgender status, or PeopleCare’s perception thereof)
  • Pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions
  • Marital status
  • National origin
  • Citizenship
  • Military or veteran status
  • Ancestry
  • Age (40 or over)
  • Disability (including genetic information)
  • Or, any other consideration made unlawful by applicable laws. 

Equal employment opportunity will be extended to all persons in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including recruitment, hiring, upgrading, training, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, discipline, layoff, recall, and termination. 

Other duties: 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

We recognize that there is more to work than the day-to-day responsibilities. In addition to a collaborative, high-performing team environment, we’re pleased to offer competitive base salaries; medical, dental and vision insurance; a 401(k) plan; paid time off and sick time; flexible work hours; and the opportunity to quickly accelerate your learning and growth.

Salary & compensation information: $62,000 - $79,000 based on experience. 

Benefits information:

Full-Time / Salaried Employees

  • Medical - The company covers up to 85% of the premium of UHC Gold Choice Plus POS 1250 BP9K. Employees pay the difference in premium if they select a more expensive plan. Up to 25% for dependents. 
  • Group Life, AD&D – 100% paid.
  • Long Term Disability – 100% paid.
  • Dental Insurance – 75% paid. 
  • Vision Insurance* - 75% paid. 
  • Employee Assistance Program - Provided through United Healthcare.
  • Paid Vacation Leave – Accrues at a rate of ~4.31 hours (0.54 days) per pay period (2 weeks) starting day 1. Unused PTO carries over each year with a 1-year limit.
  • Paid Sick Leave – 64 hours per year, given in full on start date, refreshes on anniversary.
  • 401(k) retirement plan - (non-matching).
  • Seven (7) paid holidays – 7 company designated and 2 floating holidays.
  • Referral bonuses for staff positions.
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing
    • C++Languages
    • PythonLanguages
    • D3JSLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • TensorFlowFrameworks
    • ROSFrameworks
    • Kubernetes Frameworks
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Location

Nestled in the heart of a thriving tech park - complete with brewery and climbing gym! - and adjacent to the quaint downtown of Louisville, Colorado.

An Insider's view of AMP Robotics

What are some social events your company does?

Bringing our team together during Covid has been so easy because everyone genuinely cares about staying connected. We've hosted a socially-distanced trivia night in our parking lot with a drive-in sized projector screen, and have even run a few of our own cooking shows where people followed along from home and learned a recipe through video.

Russ

Office and Human Resources Manager

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Supporting remote systems in unforgiving environments across the world is hard work. It requires foresight from the initial stages of a project and a tight, honest feedback loop. I'm proud to be in a group focused on creative and proactive service solutions for our customers to increase the profitability of recycling. It's exciting work!

Chase

Robotics Operations Engineer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I've always wanted to contribute to something sustainable that I believed in and could be proud of. Working at AMP is a dream not only because I can see the immediate impact of my contribution but because it is a group of hard working, passionate, and lively people I love working with.

Siena

Quality Engineer

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Recognize you have a lot to offer, yet also a lot to potentially learn—and be open to how and from who you learn, as well as how and who you can teach. Leading with respect for everyone’s different perspectives opens up so many ways we can unify them for the benefit of ourselves, our teams, and the customers we serve.

Maria

Production Team Lead

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

AMP strikes a rare balance by melding the pursuit of a mission that benefits the planet with a set of ground-breaking technical challenges. Every difficult project at AMP directly leads to diversion of material from landfills, and as an engineer, that promise naturally ignites a passion for creative invention and determined problem solving.

Cameron

Mechanical Engineer

What are AMP Robotics Perks + Benefits

AMP Robotics Benefits Overview

AMP Robotics is an exciting place to work, and we have fun at the intersection of recycling, robotics, and artificial intelligence! The company offers employees benefits such as 401k, healthcare insurance, vision insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, short term disability coverage, and long term disability coverage. Many of these benefits extend to dependents as well.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Team owned deliverables
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
6 weeks maternity/paternity paid leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
AMP offers two floating holidays that our team can use at their discretion throughout the year. Election Day is also a paid company holiday.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Game Room
Our game room includes board games.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Employees get free lunch on Friday.
Parking
Pet Friendly
AMP welcomes well-behaved pets.
Recreational Clubs
AMP has a number of active social clubs, with outlets for those who like board games, gardening, fly fishing, hiking/climbing 14ers, and many more! We've hosted two virtual cooking demos this year.
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns

Additional Perks + Benefits

Other stuff we do at AMP:

We recently introduced Zestful, an employee recognition tool. Our team members recognize each other for excellent work through Zestful, tying peer-to-peer recognitions to our core values. Team members accrue points in Zestful that can be used for rewards like HeadSpace subscriptions, meal kit deliveries, books, and even limited-run swag!

We leverage our engagement survey results at AMP. Gathering info from everyone on the team about what they want goes a long way so we can then execute on initiatives to continue to grow AMP in all the best ways.

And we have some pretty awesome weekly all hands meetings!

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